Writ application filed seeking arrest of Kurunegala Mayor

A writ application has been filed at the Court of Appeal seeking the arrest of the Mayor of Kurunegala over the demolition of a building with archaeological value in the area.

The writ application was filed by Leader of the Jathika Jana Balawegaya Namal Karunaratne today.

Meanwhile, the Kurunegala Magistrate today ordered the Kurunegala Mayor to handover all files pertaining to the destructed site to the custody of Court.

The order was issued on an application filed by Attorney General (AG) Dappula de Livera.

The King’s Court of King Bhuvanaikabahu II in Kurunegala was allegedly demolished on 17 July by the Mayor of Kurunegala and officials from the Urban Development Authority.

The 13th Century King’s Court (dating back to the Kurunegala / Yapahuwa Kingdom Era) falls under the supervision of the Department of Archaeology. 

Following the demolition, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed a 5 member expert committee, headed by Director-General of Archaeology Professor Senarath Dissanayake, on the advice of the Secretary to the Ministry of Buddhasasana and Cultural Affairs to investigate the incident.

The preliminary report of the committee appointed to investigate the demolition was handed over to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on 22 July.

The report consisted of five proposals, including to institute legal action against those responsible for the demolition.

Thereafter, Attorney General (AG) Dappula de Livera obtained an order from the Kurunegala Magistrate’s Court to protect and prevent access to the site of the demolished building.

The Prevention Order was obtained against the Deputy Mayor of Kurunegala, Municipal Councillors, Commissioner, and Municipal Council staff and their representatives.

Attorney General Dappula de Livera also advised Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) C.D.Wickremeratne to complete investigations into the incident by 31 July. (Colombo Gazette)